Father James Retelas

Define Success in Your Life

Arista Coaching Services seeks to equip Christian men and women in the church and business world to transform society with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christian coaching offers a transformative and holistic approach to helping individuals navigate life’s challenges and pursue their aspirations. Rooted in the principles of faith and spirituality, Christian coaching provides a unique framework that integrates psychological insights, personal growth strategies, and biblical teachings.


Explore your personal mindset and its impact on your mission and life goals.


Discover and enhance your personal entrepreneurial gifts.


Identify and resolve functional gaps (problems, challenges, learning objectives) in your vocation or business setting.


Become a more effective and joyful servant-leader.

Christian Coaching

Harness Potential with Spiritually

By fostering a deep connection with one’s beliefs, values, and purpose, this form of coaching empowers individuals to align their actions with their faith, make informed decisions, and overcome obstacles. Christian coaches provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their goals, find clarity in their life’s direction, and develop practical steps to achieve them. Through the integration of spiritual wisdom and practical guidance, Christian coaching not only assists people in realizing their potential but also nurtures their spiritual well-being, leading to a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life journey.

About Me

As a Parish Priest, I bring an extensive thirty-six years of experience in administering Orthodox Christian parishes. My journey has led me to serve in four diverse congregations, spanning from 200 to 700 families in size. I’ve successfully managed operating budgets exceeding $1 million, demonstrating my financial expertise. Notably, I orchestrated a recent building capital campaign that remarkably raised over $10 million, showcasing my strategic leadership in fundraising endeavors.

I as your Arista coach pledge the following in our relationship:

  • Christ-centered integrity
  • Transparency
  • Confidentiality
  • Persuit of Joy
  • Candor

Certifications & Experience

International Coaching Federation Credential (ICF)
The purpose of ICF is to give credibility to the emerging coaching profession and give coaches a place to connect with one another. Over the past 25 years, ICF has grown to become the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches, and the leading voice for the global coaching community.

Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI)
An ICF-accredited virtual training institute providing education in coaching skills for those transitioning into the explosive new field of professional Christian coaching.

Planned Giving Forum of Greater Sacramento (PGFGS) – Member
Dedicated to providing education opportunities and resources for planned giving professionals and promoting planned giving as an effective philanthropic option for donors.

Natural Church Development – Certified Coach
Natural Church Development (NCD) is a paradigm – a way of thinking about church growth by first thinking about church health. Growth should be about quality (health) and not just quantity (numbers). In fact, NCD is emphatic that quality should take priority over quantity in church growth thinking.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – Certificate in Fund Raising Management
The Fund Raising School is the professional development arm of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy designed to bolster the fundraising efforts of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations.

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology – Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity graduate program prepares graduate students to exemplify and to articulate the Orthodox tradition in its pastoral, liturgical, biblical, patristic, dogmatic, canonical, ethical, and missionary aspects.

University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Science in Soils and Plant Nutrition.

“Guiding hearts with compassion and faith, Fr. James’ presence illuminates the path of spiritual connection, fostering a sense of community and nurturing the seeds of inner focus and peace.”

Father James Retelas